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Topic Title: Problems with megger - failed more than 3 times in 2 years
Topic Summary: Quality issues or bad luck
Created On: 07 March 2013 08:12 PM
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 07 March 2013 08:12 PM
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baldelectrician

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I bought a Megger LRCD 220 just over 2 years ago.

It went for repair after playing up- not working, display playing up
It came back from repair and they told me a ribbon cable had become unseated (no I don't bounce it off the walls).

Roll on 3 months ; same problem
This time it was outside the 2 year warranty. so I took it apart, reseated the cable and all was fine for 2 months

Fixed it for a third time and it's playing up

My first Megger was replaced when it started playing up - after 5 years. The selector button wasn't selecting readily.

So I am now of the opinion that I have to move away from Megger as there seem to be issues.

Or am I just expecting too much?

I did mention my Megger problems on a post on this site forum in the vein hope that Megger may read it and suggest a solution. This didn't happen.

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 07 March 2013 08:41 PM
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dbullard

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When dealing with Megger and quality issues etc I always go straight for the Jugular, the local rep, get his number and call him constantly, I am no longer a fan of megger as the quality is cr@p my 1720 went back twice in 2 months and now every lead is falling apart, I wait for the rep in local CEF branches and pounce if he fails to answer my calls.

Good luck I think next time I may buy a Fluke

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 07 March 2013 08:55 PM
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prophet

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Same thing happened to me and mine. Went for calibration and came back not working, so got sent back. When i got it back they told me the cable had come loose. I still occasionally have to ht it, to it to wake it up.

I've a Fluke cont / ins res tester and thats not perfect.

Prehaps an open forum at the design stage next time. Get the opinions of the people who use them everyday
 07 March 2013 11:41 PM
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jamieblatant

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Any one uses kewtec I am in the game for a new tester and apprently there all ex robin staff

My robin just failed after 10 years :-(

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 08 March 2013 07:47 AM
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michaelbrett

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I have used Metrel MFT units for the past 10 years without any problems. With all the reported issues that Fluke and Megger have had, I'm pleased that I have not wasted my money.

I still have my old LT5 and very old Megger insulation tester (that must be almost 25 years old). Both work real well. I have them calibrated every 3 years and use them as back ups and to compare the Metrel units with.

Regards

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 08 March 2013 11:34 AM
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aligarjon

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Ive had a kewtec loop tester for 3 or 4 years and haven't had any problems with it. The leads are very good. There are some on here who don't like them i know.

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 08 March 2013 08:17 PM
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Thripster

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I have had a KT65 for about 4 years - high quality, reliable and consistently passes calibration with flying colours. Some argue about the apparent flimsiness of the lid fixing - I argue about the flimsiness of their argument. No complaints. If it's of any use a certain on site calibration company reckons it is probably the best.

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 08 March 2013 09:33 PM
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DOUGIE1000

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I find myself going for the kt65 1st before my megger 1553.

I like the kt65 too

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 14 September 2013 11:55 AM
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Lucian

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I used a Fluke 1653B for about 3 years with no issues until 3 month ago when it start giving silly measurements. So I borrowed the Megger 1730 from the company. This was calibrated 2 months ago. Even so the Ze was to high and of course the Pfc too low so I decided to buy my own Megger 1730. Today I've done 10 tests on both of them. Ranging from Ze and continuity to rcd and Zs and used the old and new leads on both of them. I have notice that there are 0.05ohms to 0.08ohms difference between the readings when I'm using the same leads on both machines and between 0.12ohms to 0.14 ohms when I'm using the new one with new leads and old one with old leads. This differences can sometimes make the difference between passing or failing an installation. The only conclusion I can take is that on the old machine, not just the leads are the issue but the terminals where the leads goes are worn and must be renewed. So if you get new leads and still get silly measurements then have the machine looked at too.
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 16 September 2013 11:25 AM
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Delbot321

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When I was on the tools I used Robin for many years but I do look after my things unlike some of the engineers that now work for me. The Kewtec products seem to be much more unreliable than the Robin products.

Megger were very good and even came with a 3 year warranty but the newer ones seem to be more unreliable. We're now moving over to the Metrel and they seem to be holding up well - no failures yet.

If you only use them to test work you've installed or a bit of fault finding then the cheaper ranges are probably ok but if you use them day in day out carrying out EICRs and the like then it's well worth investing in the more expensive ranges.

Hope this is helpfult.
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